Name: Charlotte Libov
City: Miami Beach
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut
Artistic Medium: Photography
How did you get started? I’ve always taken photographs, first as a reporter to accompany my articles, which appeared in publications ranging from small dailies to The New York Times. But back then I just considered the photos as a means to enhance my articles. Now, I am focusing more on photography.
Who or what are your influences? As a newshound, I was entranced with photographs that changed our world, like that unforgettable shot of a Viet Cong guerilla being executed, and the teenager wailing over the body of her friend killed at Kent State. That’s how I used to think of photography, but now I’ve broadened my perspective and do artistic types of photography, like nature shots. I also have two personal influences. One is my dear friend Henry Perez, whose love of photography is infectious. The other is my Shoot Miami Meetup Group. My photographer friends there encouraged me to begin submitting my work for competition, and that changed my image of myself from a writer and author to photographer as well.
What inspires your work? I get my inspiration from everything that surrounds me. I love looking at people’s faces and also trying to capture their character in photographs. But I also try to see art in unobvious places; for instance, in reflections, like my photo “Dali’s Honda,” and also in a new series I’m working on called “Puddle Art.”
How does Miami/South Florida influence your work? If I had not moved to South Beach, I would not have become a photographer; it’s as simple as that. I fell in love with Miami Beach and I wanted to transform the magic of the city into photographs. Oh, I’ll go outside the bounds of our wonderful island sometimes, and I’ve taken some pictures I love, on a trip to Tenerife, for instance, but most of the time, I take photos because I want to express the joy in the life I’ve found here.
How would you describe your work? Hopefully, my work is as eclectic as my articles always have been. Each dawn, I head out to the beach, camera in hand, and I never know what I’ll return with. It’s always a surprise!
What has been the most unusual reaction to your work from the public? I’ve only been seriously pursuing photography for a few years, so I’m stunned when I discover people follow my work.
What would you like to achieve as an artist? I also love to draw and paint, so I’m in the process of transforming some of my photography into fine art.
Upcoming shows: I hope to more photos very soon, but the details aren’t firm yet, so stay tuned.
Where is your work available? Henry Perez and I are collaborating and we will showcase our work on our exciting new website, SoBeFabulous.com, which is under construction. In the meantime, I am glad to work with individuals to help find them the perfect photograph for home or office. Contact me at 305-333-8844 or my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.